The Australian Lunar Coin Series II was first introduced by the Perth Mint in 2008 with the release of the 2008 Mouse Coin, following the success of the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Series I coins produced from 1999 thru 2010.
The second series of coins celebrating the Chinese Calendar, which also includes silver rectangular and gold coins, will run for a total of 12 years (from 2008 to 2019) and feature distinctly different designs from those used in the original series.
About the Chinese Lunar Calendar
The Chinese Lunar Calendar combines elements of both the lunar and solar systems to create a tool for tracking time that includes moon cycles, traditional farming seasons and animal elements. It predates the Gregorian calendar, and is used to denote important dates in Chinese culture, such as Chinese New Year.
There are 12 animals in the zodiac cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar, including:
Each of these animals has unique qualities and traits which are said to be conveyed to people who are born under the respective zodiac signs.
1 oz 2016 Australian Silver Coin Design & Specifications
The 2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coin is the 9th design in the series, following the release of the 2015 Year of the Goat silver coins. These collectible coins are Legal Tender in Australia, with a face value of 1 AUD (one Australian dollar).
Weighing a minimum of 31.135 grams with a silver content of 1 Troy oz, the 2016 Year of the Monkey Coin is 6.00 mm thick and has a diameter of 32.60 mm.
Each high-relief proof coin comes with a numbered Perth MInt Certificate of Authenticity and is shipped in an official, black and red display-quality presentation package.
The total maximum mintage of the 2016 1 oz Australian Silver Monkey Proof Coin is capped at 8,500.
2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coin Obverse Design
All coins in the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II share a common obverse design featuring the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II created by Ian Rank-Broadley, along with the year of issue and the monetary denotation.
The 2016 Australian Silver Monkey coin was designed by Ing Ing Jong, resident designer at The Perth Mint.
Reverse Design of the 2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coin
On the reverse of the 2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coin is a relief image depicting an adult monkey and an infant monkey perched facing one another in a peach tree. As the traditional Chinese image depicting immortality and longevity, the peach tree is symbolic of the long lives associated with monkeys.
The infant monkey is holding a peach, while the smiling, attentive parent looks on.
The traditional Chinese character for ‘monkey’ is placed between the two animals, while the English words “Year of the Monkey” are inscribed in stylized text parallel to the bottom rim of the coin. The traditional ‘P’ mintmark from The Perth Mint is located against the left rim.
Buying 2016 Silver Monkey Proof Coins
Since the 2016 1 oz Australian Silver Monkey Coin is a new release from The Perth Mint, it is currently available from online coin dealers, eBay and directly from the Mint itself, however, given that this is a limited-release coin that is part of a popular, highly-collectible multi-coin series, it is expected to sell out quickly.The 2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coin is the latest release in the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series from the world-famous Perth Mint. These finely-detailed coins are minted using .999 pure, proof-quality silver, and are available in a variety of weights: 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz and 5oz.
Each of the 2016 Australian Silver Monkey Coins feature an obverse common to all coins in this series, while an eye-catching design that celebrates the Chinese Lunar Year of the Monkey is found on the reverse.
The silver version of the 1 oz coin is available in four distinctive finishes: proof, gilded, bullion and colored.